Year 14 students of the Nippon Foundation – GEBCO Training Programme at the University of New Hampshire recently took part in a news story on the Chronicle news programme of WCVB-TV Channel 5, Boston, USA – highlighting the need to better map our global ocean floor.
Welcome to the Year 15 Class of the Nippon Foundation/GEBCO Training Program
The GEBCO community is pleased to welcome the students just beginning the 2018/2019 class of the Nippon Foundation/GEBCO Training Programme at the University of New Hampshire.
The Year 15 class adds two new countries to the global network of young ocean mappers with 90 students representing 39 countries now trained at Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM) over the last 15 years.
Year 15 class of the Nippon Foundation/GEBCO Training Program
This 12-month course leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Ocean Bathymetry (PCOB) and aims to train a new generation of scientists and hydrographers in ocean bathymetry.
GEBCO and the Nippon Foundation jointly select six students each year out of many applicants on the basis of a number of criteria such as previous education; support/endorsement of home organization and likelihood of working in ocean mapping upon completion of the training.
The new class includes from left to right in the above image:
- Keshav Sauba is from Mauritius. He works for the Department for Continental Shelf, Maritime Zones Administration and Exploration under the Ministry of Defence and Rodrigues for the Government of Mauritius. He has an engineering background with a focus on water resources and biotechnology.
- Victor Chilamba is from Angola. He works for the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries and Sea and has a background in Fisheries Biology and Management.
- Victoria Obura is from Kenya. She works for Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning of the Government of Kenya as a surveyor. She has a background in Land Surveying.
- Mekayla Dale is from Northern Ireland. She is a Hydrographic Surveyor with the Marine Institute (INFOMAR) and has a Marine Science background.
- M. Rafeq Paimin is from Malaysia. He is from the National Hydrographic Centre of the Royal Malaysian Navy and has a nautical science background.
- Kemron Beach is from St. Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard. He has a background in Mechanical Engineering.
Home countries of Nippon Foundation/GEBCO Training Program Scholars shown in orange with the home countries of the Year 15 class marked with a hashed red pattern